If you have ever seen a circular saw in action you will know it is a powerful piece of equipment. When used properly it can make cutting wood like sliding a knife through a piece of butter. Unfortunately if not used correctly, or if something is wrong with it, it can also cut through skin and bone in much the same way.
Clearly no one wants to be on the receiving end of circular saw injuries. It would be far better to make sure you can stay safe and use one correctly than to suffer an injury that would be very serious indeed. If you use one at home you must follow the instructions; this also applies in the workplace. Your employer would have a duty of care to ensure you do not come to any harm because you were not trained in how to use one, or you were using one that was in bad condition.
How bad can circular saw injuries be?
Make no mistake – these injuries can happen in mere seconds and they can be very serious indeed. People have cut fingers and hands off with ease when using one of these saws. That’s why it is so important to know how to use one in the proper manner. This could save you from a serious injury that might even threaten your life if you lost a lot of blood.
In the workplace the employer has to make sure the only people using a circular saw are those who know how to do so and who have been trained. There are occasions when you might end up being hurt because the circular saw had been modified in some way though. For example if the safety guards were removed there would be a much higher chance of being injured.
What can you do?
Obviously you should get medical attention as quickly as possible. This can make all the difference to the rate of recovery and how serious the aftermath of the injury is. Severed limbs can be reattached if it is done speedily after the accident.
You should also consider calling Accident Advice Helpline when you can. This might make all the difference between trying to get back to a normal life and suffering financial problems, or getting compensation. Call 0800 689 0500 now to find out further details about your situation.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead
Category: Working with tools injury